Moose Lake was selected to become a KIDS PLUS community in 2002, under the direction and support of the Northland Foundation. Adults and youth in the community worked with the Moose Lake Community Education Department over a period of nine months called a “Visioning Process.” During these nine months,over 300 community members were asked for their insights on what it was like to live in the Moose Lake area, and what they would like to see change. After months of meetings, discussions, interviews and a community speak-out, three distinct goals for bettering our community resonated. These goals are timeless and re-visited annually.
In order to achieve our vision of education, we will work with the existing educational system to enhance the learning opportunities both during the school day and after hours. We will pursue resources and present options that support lifelong learning and personal growth. We believe that life begins today.
The Community as Family:
To fulfill our vision of the community as family, we will provide a wide variety of youth based activities which allow for the development of friendships, interests and abilities in a safe environment that is drug and alcohol free.
Healthy Youth & Adult Relationships:
In order to develop our vision of healthy youth and adult relationships, we will stimulate adult and youth interaction in order to foster mutual respect between the generations. Thus, we will break down the barriers between people and bring out everyone’s personal best.
The After-School Enrichment Program in Moose Lake was initiated in the fall of 2002, with funding support from the Northland Foundation, a Staof Youth Development levy, and the State Youth After-School Enrichment Program levy which became available in the 2002/03 school year.
The levies are based on the District population of 5,064. The Youth Development levy is $5,064 or $1 times the district’s population. The After-School Enrichment levy is $1.85 times the district’s population which equals $9,358. We utilize the levy budget of $14,422 for administrative costs for our coordinators and staff. We rely on fees from participants for supplies, snacks, transportation, and to offset scholarships for students on the free/reduced fee scale, which equals 40% of each session’s participants.